Intro: Make a PVC Microphone Shockmount for $1.20
What is a shockmount? If want to record dialogue for your movie, using a shotgun mic on the end of a boom pole is a good way to capture it. The problem is that if your mic is connected directly to the pole, it will pick up noise from the operator's hands. A shockmount suspends the mic up and away from this potential noise.
A few years ago, I published an Instructable for a rubber band mic shockmount that was became featured on the home page. I received positive feedback, but after finally using it in the field, I didn't like it. The rubber bands tended to move too much and the whole thing looked cheap. I think I've come up with a better build that is tougher, easier to make, and less expensive.
Step 1: Parts List
1/2" PVC pipe scrap (2.5" long) - FREE (or just over a buck for a 10' length)
4 rubber bands - FREE (rubber bands are everywhere)
1 1/4" x 1/2" Tee fitting - $1.20 at Lowe's
Step 2: Tools
PVC ratcheting cutters
Step 3: Place Bands Around Large End of Tee Fitting
The idea here is to create a narrow hole for the microphone to rest in.
Step 4: Mark Where Bands Lie With Pencil
Leave a mark on both sides of each rubber band. Pencil is better than ink as you can easily rub off leftover marks when done.
Step 5: Remove Bands, Dremel, Replace
Time to create the notches which will give the bands a firm grip on the tube.
Step 6: Insert PVC Pipe and You Are Done!
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